Monday, September 13, 2010

How can I know God hears my prayers?

Good morning, Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!

The sun is shining and few clouds are in the sky this morning, but that is the way Sunday started out, and then in the afternoon, later, we had about a thirty minute downpour! After that the sun came out again and it was very humid.

Yesterday was the first day of our new church schedule and picnic. I thought it would be too hot to stay for me, but I did stay and sat with the Massey's and enjoyed a simple meal. It took a lot of volunteers to set up the colorful tables and umbrellas in the parking lot and prepare the boxed lunches! We are blessed to have those volunteers.

I went to the park before it rained and saw butterflies flitting about, but not many people out. An anhinga had his wings spread out drying on a dead stump and there is a small maple tree that was newly planted earlier in the spring and now it is nearly all a pretty red. I am seriously considering flying to TN next month for a week, so I can see some color in the mountains, which should be pretty by then. I will get to see Daryl and maybe Matthew when he is out of school. God is good!

From the Promise Bible NLT:

Psalm 145:18 The Lord is close to all who call on him,yes, to all who call on HIm sincerely.

The Lord invites us to make prayer our first response rather than our last resort. He always listens to those who are honest with him.

1 John 14:15 We can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give what we ask for.
While we may not know God's specific will for every situation, we do know that his will is to empower our obedience, to overcome evil with good, and to equip us to be his witnesses. We can pray confidently for his power and guidance, knowing that we are asking for the very things he most longs to give.

Philippians 4:6,7 Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all e has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

There's no limit on prayer Big requests, small requests, and all sizes in between are weicomed by God. If something bothers us, it should be brought to God.

I always thank God for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,